Garbanzo to Open Fourth Maryland Location

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opened its fourth Maryland location in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 26. The new restaurant is the fourth company-owned restaurant to open in Maryland and the 28th location nationwide.

On grand opening day, Garbanzo is holding hourly in-store prize drawings for items such as an Apple iPod nano, Wii Mini, Apple TV, Kindle Fire HD, Amazon gift cards, and Garbanzo gift cards. Guests can register at the restaurant on opening day for a chance to win.

Garbanzo Rolls Out Whole Wheat Laffa, Gluten-Free Pita

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced it has introduced a whole wheat laffa wrap and gluten-free pita to its nationwide menu offerings. Guests now have the option of ordering wheat, white, or gluten-free pita, or a whole wheat or white laffa wrap.

The pre-baked, gluten-free pita is provided by MyBread Bakery, a 100-percent dedicated gluten- and nut-free wholesale bakery in Chicago. Garbanzo tested the gluten-free pita in three Colorado locations in November 2013 and received very positive guest feedback.

Garbanzo Celebrates Six-Year Anniversary

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, the Mediterranean concept headquartered in Colorado, celebrates its sixth birthday January 28, 2014.

In honor of the anniversary, Garbanzo guests who purchase an entrée January 27–31 can order an additional entrée of equal or lesser value for free. This offer is valid in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas only.

Garbanzo Inks Deal with Houston-Based Franchisee

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, the Mediterranean concept headquartered in Colorado, announced it signed Houston franchise group Ella Bean to its growing restaurant enterprise. 

Ella Bean is owned by area entrepreneurs and in-laws Tyson Shields, Kunal Aggarwal, and Dan Aggarwal, and is operated by experienced area restaurateur Raj Bansal. With the rights to develop up to 10 Garbanzo units in the Houston market, the franchise group is considering locations in the Memorial and The Woodlands areas of Houston, and plans to open its first Garbanzo in the spring of 2014.

Garbanzo To Open First Arizona Location

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opens its first Arizona location Sunday, November 24, in Phoenix at 21001 North Tatum Blvd. in the Desert Ridge Marketplace.

The newest Garbanzo restaurant is the Mediterranean concept’s 27th location and the ninth franchise store. It is owned and operated by franchise partner GMG Arizona, which has the rights to develop up to 20 Garbanzo restaurants in the Phoenix area. The group is also considering locations in Tucson, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe, Arizona.

Garbanzo Partners with Sodexo for Nontraditional Units

Colorado-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced the awarding of franchise development rights to Sodexo Inc.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sodexo operates in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and delivers on-site services in corporate, education, health care, government, and remote site segments, as well as benefits and rewards services and personal and home services.

Garbanzo Opens Doors to First Florida Location

Colorado-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill opened its first Florida location in Boca Raton at 7036 West Palmetto Park Rd. in the Garden Shops shopping center.

The new restaurant is the Mediterranean concept’s 26th location and the eighth franchise store to open to date. It is owned and operated by Garbanzo franchisee Garboca, which has the rights to develop up to 20 locations in the south Florida area and is considering real estate in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

Garbanzo Tests Gluten-Free Pita in Select CO Units

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is testing MyBread gluten-free pre-baked pita in its Aurora, Lone Tree, and Glendale, Colorado, locations through April 2014. If the test determines MyBread pita is a viable option for the restaurant concept, additional or all Garbanzo locations will carry the gluten-free product.